Nokia’s N-Gage doesn’t really qualify as a PDA and the early reviews on it have been pretty poor, but it’s officially available for sale today nonetheless.
Official Press Release:
Let the sales begin! Nokia N-GageTM game deck sales to start
October 06, 2003
Highly anticipated mobile device creates completely new market for game industry
When the clock strikes midnight tonight, gamers around the world will experience the biggest innovation in gaming since the joystick – mobility. Sales of the Nokia N-Gage game deck will start across several continents in over 60 countries, offering gamers both blockbuster game titles, as well as true game classics. October 7 marks the first global mobile connected game platform launch in the history of the games industry.
“There’s going to be a lot of tired thumbs tonight!” said Ilkka Raiskinen, Senior Vice President, Entertainment and Media, Nokia Mobile Phones. “After months of anticipation and excitement, you can now walk into a store and begin playing games against anyone, anywhere. The Nokia N-Gage game deck opens up an amazing new Mobile Gaming experience to people around the world.”
Gamers will also be able to start taking advantage of the N-GageTM Arena, the virtual home of the worldwide gamer community to share experiences and find other players for mobile online fun. The ability to play, share and compete over the air makes the N-Gage Arena unique in the game industry. N-Gage Arena services are initially offered free of charge to consumers for a trial period, although data traffic fees are payable according to operator tariffs.
New titles coming in time for the holiday season will include such bestsellers as NCAA Football 2004, Red Faction, a special N-Gage version of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and more. Nokia N-Gage game deck devices and game titles will be available in over 30 000 major retail outlets, game-specific and video game retail outlets, as well as in regular mobile phone delivery channels in all major markets.
The Nokia N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active and hardcore gamers, the Nokia N-Gage is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The Nokia N-Gage also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.